Andrew Olendzki, Ph.D., was trained in Buddhist Studies at Lancaster University in England, as well as at Harvard and the University of Sri Lanka. The former executive director of IMS, he is currently the executive director and senior scholar at BCBS, and is editor of the Insight Journal.
Mu Soeng, formerly the director of BCBS, is now its resident scholar. He trained in the (Korean) Zen tradition and was a monk for eleven years. He is the author of Thousand Peaks: Korean Zen (Tradition and Teachers); The Diamond Sutra: Transforming the Way We Perceive the World; and Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen.
Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia has been a Dhamma teacher since 1990. She is a student of the western forest sangha, the disciples of Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Chah, and is a Lay Buddhist Minister in association with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California. She served as resident teacher of IMS in Barre, Massachusetts from 1996 through 1999.
Gregory Bivens is a training coordinator on the Holistic Health Recovery Program and 3-S therapy, two structured HIV prevention interventions for drug users, based at Yale University’s School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse, Harm Reduction Unit.
Rebecca Bradshaw has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a Spanish-speaking psychotherapist in community mental health for the past twelve years. She is the guiding teacher of the Pioneer Valley Insight Meditation Center and teaches frequently at the Insight Meditation Society.
Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and was authorized to teach in 1997. He teaches in Europe and North America.
Jack Engler teaches and supervises psychotherapy trainees at Harvard Medical School, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Cambridge, MA. He is a former board member of BCBS and is the co-author, among other books, of Transformations of Consciousness with Ken Wilber and Daniel Brown. He has been involved with IMS and BCBS from the beginning as a board member and teacher.
Christina Feldman is a cofounder of Gaia House in England and an IMS senior teacher. Following training in the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions, she has been teaching meditation since 1976 and has an ongoing commitment to the longterm retreat program at Gaia House. Her books include Woman Awake!, Silence and The Buddhist Path to Simplicity and more recently Compassion.
Ellison Findly teaches in the Religion and Asian Studies Departments at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Her courses cover Buddhism, Hinduism, Asian art, Gandhi and non-violence, and Asian mysticism. Her research in Buddhism has focused on the understanding and treatment of women, practices of donation, views on plant life, and, currently, the design and use of textiles in Buddhist Southeast Asia.
Paul Fulton is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. He is Director of Mental Health for Tufts Health Plan, and president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He received tokudo initiation as a Zen Buddhist in 1972. He is the co-editor of the book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS. He has been teaching vipassana and metta retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, he helped establish BCBS and, more recently, The Forest Refuge. He is the author of One Dharma, The Experience of Insight, and Insight Meditation, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.
Trudy Goodman has studied in the Zen and vipassana traditions since 1974. She is a co- founder and guiding teacher of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and leads retreats nationwide. Trudy is the founder of Insight LA in Los Angeles and co-founder of both Growing Spirit and the Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.
Susan Kaiser Greenland develops and teaches mindfulness programs to children as well as to classroom teachers, parents, therapists and health care professionals. The co-founder of InnerKids, she is a member of the clinical team for the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA’s Children’s Hospital and a consultant with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Mark Hart has practiced insight meditation since 1981. He is the founder and guiding teacher of the Bodhisara Dharma Community. With a master’s degree in counseling and a Ph.D. in theology, he has a private practice of psychotherapy in Amherst.
Gregory Kramer is the director of Metta Foundation, and teacher of Insight Dialogue meditation and Dharma Contemplation worldwide. He has studied with, among others, Ajahn Sobin, Ven. Ananda Maitreya and Ven. Punnaji Mahathera.
Michael Liebenson Grady is a guiding teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He also teaches at the Insight Meditation Society. Michael has been practicing vipassana since 1973.
Narayan Liebenson Grady is a guiding teacher at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center where she has been teaching since it opened in 1985. Narayan is also a guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society. She is the author of When Singing, Just Sing: Life as Meditation.
David R. Loy teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He studies Buddhist and comparative philosophy/religion and is the author of Nonduality, Lack and Transcendence, A Buddhist History of the West, The Great Awakening, and Liberating Buddhism (forthcoming). A Zen practitioner for many years, he is qualified as a teacher in the Sambo Kyodan tradition.
Margo McLoughlin, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, has been translating and adapting the Jataka (stories of the Buddha’s former lives) since 1998. She performs for audiences of all ages in the United States and Canada.
Bill Morgan, Psy.D., is in private practice in Cambridge and Braintree, MA. He has practiced vipassana meditation for 30 years and has led weekend retreats since 1987. His doctoral project focused upon what it means to make progress in meditation.
Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS, is a mindfulness-oriented clinical nurse specialist in private practice in Cambridge. She has meditated in both Christian and Buddhist traditions for the past 20 years.
DaeJa Napier teaches vipassana with a particular emphasis on the brahmaviharas. She has practiced and studied in the Zen and vipassana traditions for over thirty years and has been teaching for nearly twenty years. She maintained a formal practice while raising five children.
Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara is the abbot of the Village Zendo in Manhattan. She is a Soto Zen Priest and certified Zen Teacher in Maezumi Roshi’s White Plum lineage. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Ecology, and taught at NYU for twenty years.
Nona Olivia holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in Comparative Literature; her specialty is the study of women in ancient religious traditions. She has taught at various colleges, including Naropa University and the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies. She currently teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been meditating for 35 years.
John Peacock, an academic and meditation teacher for 25 years, currently teaches Buddhist studies and Indian religions at the University of Bristol. He is the Guiding Teacher of Sharpham Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Enquiry in England.
Ron Siegel is a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is Chief Psychologist at the Cambridge Youth Guidance Center and maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of pain.
Jason Siff, a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in the late 1980’s, has been teaching meditation in the United States since 1990. He is the founding teacher of the Skillful Meditation Project in Los Angeles.
Paul Simons is an experienced trainer on the Holistic Health Recovery Program and 3-S therapy, two structured HIV prevention interventions for drug users, based at Yale University’s School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse, Harm Reduction Unit. He has been working with drug users since 1979.
Dean Sluyter, the author of Cinema Nirvana: Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies, is a film critic for Tricycle, a Dzogchen Center practice leader, and a Buddhist chaplain at Northern State Prison in Newark, N.J. He has taught Literature of Enlightenment at The Pingry School for over 30 years.
Claire Stanley, Ph.D., the founder of the Center for Mindful Inquiry, is the guiding teacher of Vermont Insight Meditation Center. Formerly a professor of Applied Linguistics for 25 years, she has been teaching meditation for the past 10 years.
Ajahn Sucitto entered monastic life in Thailand where he became a bhikkhu in 1976. He has lived in Britain since 1978, training under Ajahn Sumedho in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. He has been teaching since 1981, and was appointed abbot of Cittaviveka (Chithurst) in 1992.
Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoffrey DeGraff) has been a Theravadin monk since 1976. The abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County, CA, he is a prolific translator of Pali texts and Thai meditation guides. He is the author, among other books, of Wings to Awakening, Mind Like Fire Unbound, and Meditations.
Mark Unno is currently Associate Professor of East Asian Religions at the University of Oregon. He specializes in medieval Japanese Buddhist thought and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myoe and the Mantra of Light. He is also an ordained priest in the Shin Buddhist tradition.
Taitetsu Unno is the Jill Ker Conway Professor Emeritus of Religion at Smith College in Northampton, MA. A priest ordained in the Shin Buddhist tradition, he is the author of Shin Buddhism: Bits of Rubble Turn into Gold, Tannisho: A Shin Buddhist Classic, and River of Fire, River of Water.
Jan Willis is a professor of Religion at Wesleyan University. One of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, she has studied with Buddhist teachers worldwide and has written extensively on Buddhist meditation, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. Among her published works are Dreaming Me: An Aftrican American Woman’s Spiritual Journey and Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet.
Carol Wilson began meditation practice in 1971. She has studied with a variety of teachers, including practice as a Buddhist nun in Thailand. An IMS guiding teacher, she has been offering retreats around the world since 1986.